Winnebago Man Reviews
This is a genuine, montage of obscure, discarded footage of a foul-mouthed salesman filming a Winnebago ad. Why is this funny? It is so uniquely honest, it's fascinating to watch this man blurb so many obscenities about a family product. This is important as one of the 1st videos to have gone viral during the early Internet age of popularity and social media. So much so, the producers sought out this individual to consolidate the footage and his story. I believe 25 minutes could have been edited out of the latter half to make it more potent, but it is fine as is. Not for children's viewing. A must see!
Topically Winnebago Man falls into the category of "mildly amusing". But unlike most things that are mildly amusing, Winnebago Man offers some poignant insights both into the culture that consumes videos on youtube AND the people who are the unwitting stars.
The success of Winnebago Man as a movie stems largely from the man himself: Jack Rebney. He's a fascinating guy with a voice of gold (easy to see why he was hired to do industry videos) and his screen time drives the final 2/3s of the movie.
It's hard not to look at weird direction decisions, however, and dream of the film that could have been. The most egregious sin is starting the documentary out with a clip of the real Jack Rebney, something that would be better suited AFTER the bluff, not before.
While it's funny shit indeed, there's also a serious side to these phenomenon known as internet sensations: how do the subjects deal with the humiliation of being globally laughed at. In this case it helps that Jack Rebney clearly doesn't much care. Recluse, curmudgeon, eccentric, and just generally off somewhere in left field seems to be the best place for him.
A fun little film delving into the super psyche of the world's angriest Winnebago salesman.